Carter Center Statement about the Passing of Speaker Ralston

The Carter Center mourns the passing of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, who set an example of working across party lines to bring positive change for the people of Georgia. His long record of public service included the championing of the state’s Mental Health Parity Act, a pioneering law passed with bipartisan support earlier this year. Rosalynn Carter is particularly grateful to Speaker Ralston for implementing insurance parity for mental health in Georgia, the realization of a dream for Mrs. Carter after five decades of mental health advocacy. Mrs. Carter often said that insurance for mental health conditions is vital to overcome the stigma and discrimination that can prevent people from receiving the help they need. Speaker Ralston’s determination and hard work – with the strong support of his wife, Sheree – will benefit the lives of countless families for generations to come. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Ralston family for their loss.


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